Greetings fellow Texas Patriot Guard Riders:
With the soon to be Open Carry Law, we have had several questions about how this will affect the Patriot Guard.
As we understand the law, you must be a licensed
Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holder in order to legally carry a handgun in the open.
The Texas Patriot Guard is not in the position to question your rights as a licensed CHL holder. A CHL license holder knows where they are allowed to carry a weapon and where they are not allowed to carry based on the laws.
That being said, we all need to remember that the Patriot Guard are invited guests of the family of a fallen Hero at their most sacred time and we are there to pay Honor and Respect. That respect and common sense needs to prevail. Our missions/ flag lines are not the place to be displaying an open weapon.
The Texas Patriot Guard Riders policy will be that no open carry will be permitted on any mission.
The Ride Captain in charge of the mission does have the authority to ask anyone who is open carrying to remove the firearm and place it out of view, and/or ask the individual to leave the mission if they refuse.
This policy is not in any way, shape, or form to infringe on the rights of a CHL holder, but to simply set a higher standard to which the Patriot Guard is known for and presents to our Hero’s families at each and every mission.
Thank you all for supporting the Patriot Guard Riders and Honoring our Hero’s
Any questions can be directed to me at
Texas State Captain
Patriot Guard Riders
Urgent Communication From The Texas State Captain
Code of Conduct for PGR Members
As a PGR Member:
adhere to the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) mission and vision statements, and
incorporate the principles contained therein into all my actions as a PGR
I will treat other PGR members with the same dignity and
respect I would expect for myself.
I will remember that my PGR
membership role is a position of responsibility to those we serve.
will do everything in my power to demonstrate to Gold and Blue Star
families, and families of veterans and home-front first-responders that the
PGR honors them for the service and sacrifice of their loved ones. This is
extended to activities honoring living individuals and units of these
organizations. I will remember that our mission to honor these families and
their wishes is my main priority as a PGR member.
I recognize that my
interactions with law-enforcement, government officials and the military
reflect on the entire Patriot Guard Riders organization and can have
far-reaching implications for those relationships in other areas. I will act
accordingly, respecting the protocols and regulations of those agencies.
In any interaction with the media and general public, I will avoid
actions or communications which would negatively impact the reputation of
good will toward the PGR. This includes actions which could present the
appearance of political activism on behalf of PGR. The PGR is a
non-political organization. I agree to maintain a strict non-political
stance when representing the PGR in any capacity.
Patriot Guard Riders affirms support of and adherence to the
policies of the Government of United States, to provide equal opportunity in
all programs, and activities for all members, regardless of their race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation,
parental status, and genetic information.
The PGR strongly believes
in an inclusive, volunteer environment that utilizes and values the unique
qualities of our diverse membership. Capitalizing on the full potential of
our diverse human capital and respecting the uniqueness and differences in
cultures and values is fundamental to our success.
The PGR is
committed to preventing and correcting harassment in ALL forms of
communications with our Members, soldiers and their families we serve, and
any entity with whom our organization must work.
defined as unwelcome conduct that interferes with any official PGR position,
work, or performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive
environment. Examples of behaviors that may be forms of harassment include,
but are not limited to, unwelcome physical contact, stalking, obscene
gestures or sounds, slurs, and posting of written or graphic material that
denigrates or shows hostility toward an individual or group. Key factors of
harassment under federal law are the severity and frequency of the
misconduct. An isolated incident may not rise to the level of illegal
Harassment by anyone in the PGR is prohibited. All
members are encouraged to report incidents of alleged harassment
immediately. Swift, thorough and impartial investigation of harassment
allegations will be conducted and appropriate action will be taken.
The PGR Board of Directors wishes to strongly emphasize that it is the
responsibility of each and every member of the PGR to always promote and
engage in practices free of discrimination and harassment, and to ensure
that the doors of justice, equality, opportunity, and inclusion are open to
This Code of Conduct is applicable to activities or
communications occurring on the PGR web site, forums and in mission staging
areas, during PGR missions, events, or gatherings under the PGR name as well
as member to member communication and/or contact when it is apparent that
said contact was initiated because of PGR activities.
Enforcement: Failure to comply with the above Code of Conduct and/or the
Harassment Policy may be grounds for removal as a member.
If anyone has any questions they can contact me directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or phone 281-728-4172
Bobby "kawabob" Stroka
Texas Patriot Guard Riders
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